other ways to mother.

Just a note: I am feeling better about the flower thing.  I think I just needed to get that off my chest.  So thanks for hearing me out while I vented! :)

I just wanted to share a little something on Mother's Day...

 “While we tend to equate motherhood solely with maternity, in the Lord’s language, the word mother has layers of meaning. … Motherhood is more than bearing children, though it is certainly that. It is the essence of who we are as women. It defines our very identity, our divine stature and nature, and the unique traits our Father gave us. … For reasons known to the Lord, some women are required to wait to have children. This delay is not easy for any righteous woman. But the Lord’s timetable for each of us does not negate our nature. Some of us, then, must simply find other ways to mother. And all around us are those who need to be loved and led.”
 Sheri L. Dew, “Are We Not All Mothers?” November 2001 Ensign

A couple of years ago before we had been blessed with our little Hannah, I was a leader/teacher over a a group of girls in the Faith in God program at our church.  One of the girls asked me if I had any kids.  I said no and a few of them gasped and told me that I needed to have one... and soon!!  :)  I politely explained that we wanted to have a baby but that Heavenly Father would bless us with one when it was the right time.  One of my sweet girls exclaimed "It's okay, It's kind of like we are your kids right now anyway!"  It's amazing the spirit these young girls had and I was deeply touched by this comment, it lingered with me throughout my trail of trying to conceive and carry a child full term.  Thanks to that young girl I was able to refocus some of my efforts into what the Lord would have be do BEFORE I had a baby.  Who was I to "Mother" before I came a "Mother"?  I am grateful the opportunities that I had to be an influence on those girls and to have the chance to serve those I did before our sweet baby girl graced our life.  

This video also helped me remember that I had the opportunity to serve even when I was in a trial myself.


Amanda said...

Hi, you don't know me, but I just came across your blog today, and I have been deeply touched by it. I, too, have been through the infertility journey and pregnancy loss. I loved that talk by Quentin L. Cook--it was given in the conference right after I lost my daughter at 24 weeks. That and Elder Wirthlin's talk helped carry me through. Also, I love that you named your daughter Hannah. My son's name is Samuel because of that very scripture you cited! Thank you for your blog--it is much needed in today's world!

Harris said...

what a powerful message. Thank you for sharing this Laura. It was really inspiring and made me feel so grateful and it humbled me. We have been so blessed. Thanks again for sharing!!